Bold Storytelling Drives Focus Features’ The Place Beyond the Pines

Focus Features hands the reins to breakout director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) in the acclaimed new drama, which hits theaters April 12.

About the Film

The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping, emotional drama, powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. In the film, Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper). Avery is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery’s confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

Focus Features, a subsidiary or Universal Pictures, part of NBCUniversal, has established itself as a leader in developing original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world. Bridging commercial success and groundbreaking cinematic achievement, movies from Focus Features over the past 10 years include works like Brokeback MountainLost in TranslationCoralineMilkThe PianistThe Kids Are All RightBeginners and Moonrise Kingdom.


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